Woman Who Urged Boyfriend to Kill Himself Gets 15-Month Sentence

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Michelle Carter has been sentenced to 15 months in jail after being found guilty of urging her teenage boyfriend to kill himself with dozens of vile text messages.

Conrad Roy, 18, was found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning in his pickup truck in 2014.

His death was deemed a suicide but a US court decided Carter was to blame.

Carter, 20, was charged over the death of Roy in a case that gripped America.

She was charged with involuntary manslaughter and was found guilty on Jun 16.

It was said she wanted to win sympathy and attention that came with being the “grieving girlfriend”.

Carter and Roy lived 35 miles apart in southeastern Massachusetts. They communicated mostly through text messages and phone calls.

Roy had been depressed after his parents’ divorce and had been physically and verbally abused by family members.

He had long thought of killing himself.

An investigation after his death found he had been researching suicide methods online.

Then aged 17, Carter urged Conrad to kill himself by bombarding him with dozens of text messages.

“Don’t be scared. You already made this decision and if you don’t do it tonight you’re gonna be thinking about it all the time and stuff all the rest of your life and be miserable.

“You’re finally going to be happy in heaven. No more pain. No more bad thought and worries. You’ll be free.

“It’s OK to be scared and it’s normal. I mean, you’re about to die,” Carter wrote in her text messages.

She also sent Roy a list of various ways he could kill himself.

She wrote: “Hang yourself, jump off a building, stab yourself idk there’s a lot of ways.”

Carter cried as Juvenile Court Judge Lawrence Moniz announced his decision.

He said she was guilty of “wanton and reckless conduct”.

Moniz gave Carter a two-year jail sentence but said she had to serve only 15 months of that.

He also sentenced her to five years of probation, as he called the case “a tragedy for two families.”

Carter intends to fight her sentence in the appeals courts.

The judge approved a stay in the execution of the sentence until Massachusetts courts rule on her appeal, meaning that for now, she remains free under probation conditions.

The mother of Conrad Roy has filed a $4.2 million wrongful death suit against Carter.

One of her lawyers said the goal is to establish a memorial for Roy, not profit financially.

“The family would obviously rather have their son back,” he said. “What they are looking to do is somehow memorialise him.”


Earlier report: Jun 8, Trial of Twisted Teen Who Urged Boyfriend to Commit Suicide